Construction new data center Facebook with VIAVAC vacuum lifters
Currently, the construction of the new Facebook data center is underway in Odense, Denmark. This data center will be one of the most advanced and energy-efficient buildings of its kind. The Dutch construction company TSV is participating in this project and using VIAVAC’s vacuum lifters.
For the construction of the enormous roof of the Facebook data center, several parties are using a variety of VIAVAC’s vacuum lifters. Specifically for this project, TSV purchased two new CladBoy CB4s, which are being used to install steel roof panels in this building.
Facebook’s decision to build the center in Odense was made because of the favorable climate. The company will save money on air-conditioning that would otherwise have wasted energy. With a surface area of 56,000 square meters, this is Facebook’s third data center outside the US. The servers in the data center will store pictures, videos and other information.
The roof of an existing warehouse was replaced and expanded at the same time. The old roofing was replaced by sandwich roof panels, after which the enlarged area was equipped with solar panels. This was all carried out using the CladBoy CB5.
Using 21-meter-long panels, we were able to span the entire roof construction and did not need to adjust the existing supporting structure. Because the vacuum lifter has suction pads in several locations, the sandwich panels will not bend during lifting. Using the CladBoy CB5 with dual-vacuum technique, additional safety straps are no longer a requirement.
The installation of more than 1,200 m2 of roof panels was carried out by the construction company Lont. The mechanics using the VIAVAC vacuum lifter were very pleased with its convenience and speed.
Installation of roof and wall panels for a cold store
For the installation of sandwich roof and wall panels of the cold store building, different VIAVAC vacuum lifters were used. CladBoy CB4 was used for the roofing, and CladBoy compact for the wall panels. The installation work was done by KIM Nederland, leading specialist in modular insulated construction.
The cold store is composed of a 40 m high steel structure with sandwich panels for the roof. The façade has a thickness of 20 cm and panels up to a length of 19 m.
Strict safety requirements on the construction site
For this project, very strict requirements were set concerning safety on the construction site and the working conditions for the employees. The use of VIAVAC vacuum lifters, among other things, made it possible to install the very long and heavy sandwich panels in a safe and efficient way.
The cold store has more than 21,000 pallet places and a fully automated logistics throughput system at an operating temperature of -17 degrees.
The VIAVAC vacuum lifter is used for installing 22m long rock wool sandwich roof panels. The panels (with a thickness of a full 150 mm) weigh 450 kg. For this project, use is made of the CladBoy CB5 with dual vacuum technology.
Safe and efficient Due to the considerable weight combined with the length of the panels, use is made of additional intermediate suction cups in order to achieve a good weight distribution. For the installation team, working with the VIAVAC vacuum lifter was a safe and efficient method for installing the long panels.
Sandwich roofing panels with a length of 22 meters
For the further expansion of a production hall in Germany, the company Brüninghoff GmbH has installed sandwich rock wool-based roofing panels with a length of 22 meters for the company Friedrich Hippe, by making use of the CladBoy CB5 vacuum lifter.
Because of the length of the panels, this vacuum lifter is equipped with a dual vacuum system, suction cups in between and it has a chain suspension. The chain suspension ensures that the panel stays straight and does not bend, which prevents the panels from being damaged.
With the aid of the vacuum lifter, panels can be installed by employees with minimal effort in a quick and safe way. With the CladBoy CB5, it is even possible to install panels up to a length of 25 meters.
VIAVAC has developed a special vacuum lifter for the company Neptunus, headquartered in Kessel. Neptunus is the specialist in the design, rental and construction of tents for events, as well as disassemblable buildings. From 10 m² to 20,000 m² or even more, from basic to luxurious. For the quick and safe installation of curved panels, Neptunus was searching for a special vacuum lifter.
They needed a vacuum lifter with which long sandwich roof panels up to a maximum length of 24 metres could be mounted in a single operation. The vacuum lifter needed to be quick and easy to adjust to the length of the sandwich panels. An extra requirement was that the panels had to be able to be installed both straight and curved.
For the design, VIAVAC – in consultation with Hans Eijlers, director of Neptunus – developed a vacuum lifter with a telescopic traverse for adjusting the suction cup distance to the different panel lengths.
In order to be able to mount the panel on an arch, a height-adjustable suspension of the suction cups was developed to be positioned at the end of the device. This permits the curve of the panel to be determined and set per length.
For ease of operation, the device is fitted with a dual vacuum system, whereby the use of extra safety straps is not necessary and the controls have a wireless remote control.
For transporting the vacuum lifter, a special frame is provided with extra support for the long traverse, so that the machine can be transported easily from one project to another.